I start this blog by saying that I just got home from my soccer game and we won 1-0, it was an ugly win, but still a win.
Song from the past Erasure - Break These Chains -
Yes I was a teenager of the 80's.
Anyway, way back when, before there was the internet and computers were in every home, I used to write everything down in coil notebooks. They were my constant companion. Just the other day I was going through some of my old ones and found a couple of promising stories. Of course I had band names written all over them. One story I wrote was when I was 14 and was babysitting my niece and nephew in Utah for the summer and they didn't have a TV and I had no friends so I wrote a lot. The story was a love triangle or should say a love hexagon with names like (Nik, Natasha, and Tim). It had everything a teen book should have, clothes, hair and shopping but by the end I had turned it into a mystery, where one character finds out that her mother isn't really her mother after all. Unfortunately the summer ended, I returned to Calgary and never finished the story. Maybe one day.
I recently read a blog about choosing names and whether there are any names you'd never use. I have to say I'd be less inclined to use the name of someone I know or was related to and I would never use Jason because I just knew too many Jason's that weren't very nice people, sorry to the Jason's that are. Another hobby of mine growing up was reading through phone books and collecting odd and interesting names. Thank heavens for the internet because my fingers always got really black.
On the book front: I began reading The Complete Guide to Editing your Fiction by Michael Seidman and almost feel like I need to start over even though I'm almost half way through. He had an interesting piece of advice: "Reread your book concentrating only on one character at a time." I think I'll take that little tidbit and start at page one, again.
Bye for now.